Forgiveness means accepting the core of every human being as the same as yourself

Forgiveness means accepting the core of every human being as the same as yourself and giving them the gift of not judging them. You can be clear about whether or not a person's behavior is acceptable without judging the person. Forgiveness starts with ourselves and extends to others. Accepting that the core of your own being is as precious and wonderful as that of any other person is the greatest gift you can ever give yourself.


November 1995 (Vol. VIII, No. 10)

GREETINGS, friends! May the Silence that dwells in your heart radiate out to bless the world. We each have within us Love and Light that gives us the capacity to forgive one another, to be in solidarity with our wounded brothers and sisters and the world.


Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food and an immense quiet ...
~ Unknown


No one really knows what the soul is, but tremble forth it does and, just as mysteriously, shudders away again...The soul is the name for the unifying principle, power, or energy that is at the center of our being. To be in touch with soul means going back to the sacred source, the site of life-releasing energy, the activating force of life; to venture forth and confront the world in all its marvelous and terrifying forces, to make sacred our hours here; to learn to pay such supreme attention to the world that eternity blazes into time with our holy longing. Soul-making, this.

~ from THE SOUL OF THE WORLD, edited by Phil Cousineau

The Vale of Soul Making

Call the world if you please, "The Vale of Soul Making." Then you will find out the use of the world.

~ John Keats

Fold your wings, my soul

Fold your wings, my soul,
those wings you had spread wide
to soar to the terrestrial peaks
where the light is most ardent:
it is for you simply to wait
the descent of the Fire --
supposing it to be willing
to take possession of you.

~ from HYMN TO THE UNIVERSE by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

When the energy of the soul is recognized

When the energy of the soul is recognized, acknowledged, and valued, it begins to infuse the life of the personality. When the personality comes fully to serve the energy of its soul, that is authentic empowerment. This is the goal of the evolutionary process in which we are involved and the reason for our being. Every experience that you have and will have upon the Earth encourages the alignment of your personality with your soul. Every circumstance and situation gives you the opportunity to choose this path, to allow your soul to shine through you, to bring into the physical world through you its unending and unfathomable reverence for and love of life.

~ Francois Fenelon
The Seeking Heart (Library of Spiritual Classics)
By Francois de Salignac de La Mothe Fenelon

Soul immortal

The contemplation of Eternity, maketh the Soul immortal.

~ Thomas Traherne
Centuries of Meditations
By Thomas Traherne

Whoever opens their soul to the influx of the divine

Whoever opens their soul to the "influx of the divine" receives the revivifying experience of a higher world order. A "spiracle of eternal life" or "window on eternity" opens up and frees the soul of too narrow a view of reality.

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